Ut intellegeretis, si voluptatem aspernari ratione et sapientia non possemus, magnam esse habendam senectuti gratiam, quae efficeret ut id non liberet quod non oporteret. Impedit enim consilium voluptas, rationi inimica est, mentis ut ita dicam praestringit oculos, nec habet ullum cum virtute commercium.

Resistendum, Laeli et Scipio, senectuti est, eiusque vitia diligentia compensanda sunt, pugnandum tamquam contra morbum sic contra senectutem, 36 habenda ratio valetudinis, utendum exercitationibus modicis, tantum cibi et potionis adhibendum, ut reficiantur vires, non opprimantur. Nec vero corpori solum subveniendum est, sed menti atque animo multo magis.

But if I am getting old, although perhaps prematurely, I must be casting about for the subsidia senectuti.

It is odd that Montaigne should have hit upon the wine also as among the subsidia senectuti; although the sage Michael complains, as you will remember, that old men do not relish their wine, or at least the first glass, because "the palate is furred with phlegms." But I care little either for the liquor or the lackeys, and not much, I fear, at present, for "the female friends."

See ante, iii. 153, 296. Mr. Burke suggested to me as applicable to Johnson, what Cicero, in his CATO MAJOR, says of Appius: 'Intentum enim animum tanquam arcum habebat, nec languescens succumbebat senectuti; repeating, at the same time, the following noble words in the same passage: 'Ita enim senectus honesta est, si se ipsa defendit, si jus suum retinet, si nemini emancipata est, si usque ad extremum vitae spiritum vindicet jus suum. BOSWELL. The last line runs in the original:-'si usque ad ultimum spiritum dominatur in suos. Cato Major, xi. 38.

Equi fortis et victoris senectuti comparat suam; quem quidem probe meminisse potestis; anno enim undevicesimo post eius mortem hi consules, T. Flamininus et M'. Acilius, facti sunt; ille autem Caepione et Philippo iterum consulibus mortuus est, cum ego quinque et sexaginta annos natus legem Voconiam magna voce et bonis lateribus suasissem.

"SENECTUTI DNT MARS. P. AN. XV." Mars governs manhood for fifteen years. Sixth side. A very graceful and serene figure, in the pendent cap, reading. "SENICIE DNT JUPITER, P. ANN. XII." Jupiter governs age for twelve years. Seventh side. An old man in a skull-cap, praying. Eighth side. The dead body lying on a mattress. "ULTIMA EST MORS PENA PECCATI." Last comes death, the penalty of sin.